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The South Carolina-Israel Collaboration a major initiative of the state’s research universities, industries, and economic development agencies as well as the Israeli government—was  announced during a series of events during the week of July 27th in Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston.  Coordinated by the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Region (AICC), the Collaboration is supported through a grant by Charleston-based The InterTech Group.   It is being built around six identified clusters of strength in South Carolina and Israel where there is the strong potential of synergy and relevance to businesses and researchers in the state:  BiomedicalAdvanced MaterialsSustainable SystemsTransportationDefense / Security, and Insurance / Health IT.

Through this series of education events, the Collaboration’s partners shared their plans to strengthen South Carolina’s economy through business and research partnerships with Israel; examples of how Israel has become the “Start-up Nation” with the world’s top entrepreneurial innovation economy; case studies of Israeli companies establishing an operation in the state and a South Carolina company finding success in the Israeli market; collaborative research between South Carolina and Israeli universities;  and a week-longeconomic and trade mission to Israel in November for a delegation of South Carolina’s industry and scientific leaders.

“South Carolina does not have much recognition in Israel, but that is going to change very soon.  I have never seen such an outstanding group of universities, economic development entities, and private sector working so well together, and I’m excited to see that industries and researchers in the state are embracing this dynamic Collaboration that shows so much potential,” said AICC President Tom Glaser.

In addition to AICC, partners in this effort include Clemson University, the University of South Carolina, and the Medical University of South Carolina; the Chambers of Commerce in Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston; the Jewish Federationsin the state; the US–Israel Science and Technology FoundationNew CarolinaSCRA; the Charleston Regional Development Alliance; the American Israel Educational Institute;  the Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast; and the Israel Economic Mission.

“From our company’s experiences, Israel is an amazing country in which to do business and find innovation.  Israel is already an important trade partner for our state, and we’ve been impressed by the business and research potential that can elevate the economies of both South Carolina and Israel,” said Jonathan Zucker, President of The InterTech Group who is chairman of the South Carolina-Israel Collaboration.

AICC created a special website to promote the Collaboration.  For details, visit www.sc-israel.org.


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